By Sarah Dunant
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The New York Times bestselling writer of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels—The delivery of Venus, within the corporation of the Courtesan, and Sacred Hearts—has a great expertise for respiring lifestyles into heritage. Now Sarah Dunant turns her discerning eye to 1 of the world’s such a lot interesting and notorious families—the Borgias—in an engrossing paintings of literary fiction.
by means of the tip of the 15th century, the wonder and creativity of Italy is matched by means of its brutality and corruption, nowhere greater than in Rome and contained in the Church. while Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his approach into the papacy as Alexander VI, he's outlined not only through his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate childrens, yet via his blood: he's a Spanish Pope in a urban run by way of Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate baby-kisser with an incredible urge for food for all times, ladies, and tool needs to use papacy and family—in specific, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.
Cesare, with a dazzlingly chilly intelligence and a fair chillier soul, is his greatest—though more and more unstable—weapon. Later immortalized in Machiavelli’s The Prince, he presents the power and the muscle. Lucrezia, loved by way of either males, is the leading dynastic software. Twelve years previous while the unconventional opens, hers is a trip via 3 marriages, and from infantile innocence to painful adventure, from pawn to political player.
Stripping away the myths round the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is an imposing novel that breathes existence into this miraculous family members and celebrates the uncooked energy of heritage itself: compelling, advanced and relentless.
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“Dunant transforms the blackhearted Borgias and the conniving courtiers and cardinals of Renaissance Europe into totally rounded characters, brimming with existence and lust.”
—The long island occasions ebook Review
“Like Hilary Mantel along with her Cromwell trilogy, [Sarah] Dunant has scaled new heights by way of refashioning mythic figures in accordance with modern literary style. This intellectually gratifying ancient saga, which bargains blood and sweetness definitely, yet brains too, is definitely the simplest factor she has performed to date.”
—The Miami Herald
“Compelling lady avid gamers were a attribute of Dunant’s past novels, and this new providing is not any exception. . . . The participants of this close-knit relatives grow to be dynamic characters, unsuitable yet sympathetic, packed with worry and longing.”
—The Seattle Times
“Dazzling . . . a triumph on an epic scale . . . full of wealthy element and page-turning drama.”
“The Machiavellian atmosphere—hedonism, lust, political intrigue—is magnetic. . . . Readers won’t wish the period of Borgia rule to end.”
—People (four stars)